About Us

"How Everyday Things Are Made" Resource

This website was developed out of a brainstorming session between the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) at Stanford University, and design4X - a company that develops online courses on design and manufacturing topics. The goal was to introduce kids and adults to the amazing world of manufacturing. Our vision was to teach people about manufacturing, but to do it in a fun way. The best way for this to happen was to actually show things being made. Thus, we have collected over 4 hours of video detailing how things we use everyday are manufactured. This resource is free for all - the only thing we ask is that you let others know about it. Enjoy!

Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) at Stanford University (project sponsor)

AIM is a continuous learning community of industrial professionals, academics, and students passionate about the making of real things that improve people's lives. It is a joint venture between multinational corporations with a significant design and manufacturing presence in the United States and Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and School of Engineering. AIM functions as a "Manufacturing Knowledge Broker" to increase the intellectual capital of each of its members.

design4X, Inc. (producer)

design4X develops online education courses covering design and manufacturing topics. Our name, "design for X" is based on the concept of life-cycle design -- that designers must design for assembly, manufacturing, environment, end-of-life, etc. Design4X assembled, programmed, and produced the "How Everyday Things Are Made" website.


Dr. Mark Martin is the narrator for the "How Everyday Things Are Made" resource. The site is based on his popular, continuing studies course at Stanford of the same name. Dr. Martin has been fascinated with design and manufacturing since having to tear down and reassemble both his bicycle and his Atari 2600 joysticks in his formative years. Since then he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, his M.S. in mechanical engineering and management in the Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) program at MIT, and his PhD in mechanical engineering in the Stanford University Future Professors of Manufacuturing (FPM) program. Besides spending a lot of time in school, Dr. Martin has worked at Texas Instruments, Marlow Industries, Kodak, and Raychem as a design and manufacturing engineer and has taught at Stanford University and Santa Clara University. He is currently a VP of Operations for a small manufacturing start-up and continues to teach design and manufacturing courses.